Gaston De Vel (1924-2010) New Zealand

Biographical Information

Belgium born Gaston De Vel spent his student years at the Academie Royal des Beaux Arts, Brussels, which he attended at age 17 from 1941 to 1945. "I was taught to paint directly from life, so I could learn to visualise things as an artist in colour, just like the Impressionists. Now these lessons are in my blood, a part of me."

One of his most influential tutors was Alfred Bastien, a friend of Claude Monet and John Singer Sargent. Gaston believes he was one of the last painters to have been taught in the classical and impressionistic fashion by a tutor directly involved with some of the leading artists of that movement.

In 1960 he arrived in New Zealand from the Belgium Congo with nothing but peace and safety - it was worth losing everything just for that, Gaston said in an interview with the Auckland Star. He was awarded the Kelliher Art Prize in 1968.

The 1980s saw several sellout exhibitions in Auckland and at Lewis Paape Gallery, Lower Hutt. Gaston’s work is part of the permanent collection of Dunedin Public Art Gallery. (International Art Centre) Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

Vegetable Platter
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Vegetable Platter
Oil on canvas, 60 x 90 cm
Traditional & Contemporary Art, International Art Centre, Auckland.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings209155A$3,113 A$944
Works on Paper3928A$1,509 N/A

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